Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #149

The Week That Was: 2014-09-13 (September 13, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project

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By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

WMO – Omits Temperature Trends: In recent years, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued the “WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.” Generally, these are issued in November of the year. On September 9, the WMO issued a “Climate Summit edition” referring to the UN Climate Summit scheduled to be held in New York City, September 23, 2014. Some UN officials have declared the Climate Summit to be a “tipping point” meeting. If it is to be a “tipping point” meeting, it will be the abandonment of a key principle of science as expressed by Einstein in the Quote of the Week – Do not omit critical data.

The WMO report omits any discussion of temperature trends. There has been no significant warming trend in the atmosphere for over a decade, and no warming trend on the surface for about 17 years (Based on his statistical analysis, Ross McKitrck puts the periods of no atmospheric warming from 16 to 22 years.) The WMO is one of the parent organizations of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (The UN Environmental Programme is the other parent organization of the IPCC).

Fred Singer argues that there has been no significant multi-year warming trend since 1940. The surface data shows a jump in 1969-77, before satellites. Both the satellite and surface data show a warming during the super-El Niño year of 1998. And, the satellite data shows another jump in 2001. These are not the types of warming trend one would expect from greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide.

The IPCC has projected significant future global warming. It is the fear of future global warming that has driven countries to spend enormous sums of money on science and on measures to address it. [From Fiscal Year 1993 to FY 2013, for the US government alone, such expenditures exceeded $165 billion.] Now, the WMO does not consider it important to discuss the failure of nature to obey the UN IPCC pronouncements?

Instead of discussing actual temperature trends, the WMO bulletin features a detailed discussion on the increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases and their calculated impact on radiative forcing, rather than what actually occurred.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Annual Greenhouse Gas Index shows that from 1990 to 2013 radiative forcing by long-lived greenhouse gases increased by 34%, with CO2 accounting for about 80% of this increase.

The bulletin gives the measurement of greenhouse gases, particular carbon dioxide (CO2) with great precision; yet, the influences of greenhouse gases, and CO2, on the earth’s temperatures is left to the imagination of the reader.

Writing in Climate Audit, Steve McIntyre reminds us that in its 1999 report, WMO was one of the first to practice the deceptive trick of “hide the decline.” In this practice, recent proxy data that showed divergence (a cooling) from instrument data was eliminated from graphs and not used. Such data would indicate that the proxy and the instrument data were not in alignment, as they should be if the proxy data indicates temperatures as accurately as instrument data. Will the elimination of temperature data become the new fad of the Climate Establishment to continue the fear of Anthropogenic (human-caused) Global Warming (AGW)? See links under Climategate Continued and Lowering Standards.

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WMO and Acids: Those who took high-school chemistry were taught that the corrosiveness of an aqueous (water based) solution is measured by its pH. If the pH is 7, it is neutral; if it less than less than 7, it is an acid; if it is greater than 7, it is a base (alkaline). Vinegar has a pH of about 2.4 to 3.4 (about the same range as soft drinks) and household ammonia has a pH of about 11. Surface sea water has a pH of about 7.8 to 8.3, depending upon where the measurements were taken and the time of year.

The WMO report (cited above) has a special section on “Ocean Acidification, which states”

“Uptake of anthropogenic CO2 by the ocean led to increased CO2 concentrations and increased acidity levels in sea water.”

The report contains detailed annual linear trends for pH in certain ocean locations, ranging from -0.0011 +/-0.0001 to -0.0024+/-0.0007. The degree of the precision is extremely questionable. In the discussion and the table showing these estimates, the value of the pH is not mentioned. It is only in the detail of the graphs that one realizes that the pH values shown remain above 8. If anything, the calculations show a modest reduction in the corrosive effect of an alkaline solution – not an increase in acidity due to additional atmospheric CO2.

In various locations near the continental shelves, upwelling cold ocean waters are rich in nutrients and CO2. These upwelling locations are a great benefit to marine life, not destructive to it.

The press made a great deal about another comment in the WMO Bulletin:

The current rate of ocean acidification appears unprecedented at least over the last 300 million years, based on proxy-data from paleo archives.

SEPP doubts that this statement can be substantiated. Do the paleo archives show changes in the ocean pH from great volcanic eruptions such as the Yellowstone Caldera, which occurred a dozen times in the last 18 million years, or the Siberian Traps about 250 million years ago? See links under Lowering Standards.

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The Last 97%: In a paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Andrew Montford has a devastating review of the article by John Cook, et al. ‘Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature’ published in Environmental Research Letters.

Recent reports that 97% of published scientific papers support the so-called consensus on man-made global warming are based on a paper by John Cook et al. Precisely what consensus is allegedly being supported in these papers cannot be discerned from the text of the paper. An analysis of the methodology used by Cook et al. shows that the consensus referred to is trivial:

• that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas

• that human activities have warmed the planet to some unspecified extent

Montford also shows that the Cook paper is intentionally vague, and is a planned, deliberate effort to mislead the public. For example, the classification of papers by Nir Shaviv and Alan Carlin as papers explicitly endorsing, not minimizing, AGW, is misleading. Neither author can be considered an advocate of dangerous AGW. Montford also demonstrates that by their actions executives at the University of Queensland cannot be considered as examples of academic rectitude. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy.

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Blocking Force: Another scientific paper appeared that, at least indirectly, challenges the claim of the IPCC of over 95% certainty in its science. The paper was brought to our attention by Anthony Watts. The paper finds recent winter weather events in the Northern Hemisphere are associated with changing North Atlantic Oscillation, related to the Greenland Blocking Index. The evidence, based on five major data points in the 115 year record, is hardly impressive. But, the abstract states:

These recent observed changes are not present in the current generation of global climate models, although the latest process studies do offer insight into their causes. We invoke several plausible climate forcings and feedbacks to explain the recent NAO changes. [Boldface added.]

In has classic, Climate, History and the Modern World, H.H. Lamb discussed the role of blocking forces in creating extreme cold events in Europe, particularly during the Little Ice Age. It now seems such things are being rediscovered by the Climate Establishment. See links under Changing Weather.

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The Dance: The Dance of the Missing Heat continues. We now have some 52 explanations why the world is not warming as proclaimed in the climate models and by the IPCC. Since there is little or no evidence any Heat is missing, all this may be an artifact (human made) of the climate models. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy and Un-Science or Non-Science?

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A Different Way: Writing on his web site, Roy Spencer presents a different way of explaining global warming and the role of greenhouse gases in keeping the earth warmer, particularly at night.

Global warming is the predicted result of increasing atmospheric CO2 causing a very small (~1-2%) decrease in the rate at which the Earth cools to outer space through infrared radiation. And the since temperature change of anything is always the result of net gains and losses of energy, a decrease in energy lost leads to warming.

Spencer goes on to explain that for a long time he, and others such as Richard Lindzen, have argued that the water vapor feedback, which is presumed to be positive, may be negative. Thus, the strong warming from increased CO2 asserted in the climate models and by the IPCC may actually be quite small. Spencer also states;

The important thing to understand is this: the largest control of water vapor feedback is the efficiency of precipitation systems, which controls how much water vapor is detrained into the upper troposphere.

The climate models may be getting better but they cannot address the water vapor feedback, which Richard Lindzen asserted in the 1980s, or the important issue of clouds. See link under Challenging the Orthodoxy.

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AU-BOM: Following up on articles published in The Australian, Jennifer Marohasy and Jo Nova continue to exposed deficiencies in the records kept by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. At issue is the process called homogenization. This process has led to records at a particular station to show a warming, when the raw data shows a cooling. Marohasy has been undeterred in her detailed criticism, backed by examples, of the results of the process. Perhaps, because the government has changed to one that does not support the claim of dangerous AGW, the Bureau of Meteorology may be backing down.

Joe D’Aleo and Anthony Watts have demonstrated that homogenization in the US has produced less than satisfactory results. By minimizing strong warm periods, such as the 1930s, the mathematical manipulation of the historic data may be introducing a bias in the data record. See links under Measurement Issues.

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Natural Gas Prices: In the US, the price of natural gas is falling, in part due to mild weather. However, indications are that the natural gas companies still can make a profit at prices below $4.00 per million Btu. If so, then the drillers must be improving their techniques in the comparatively new technology of deep-underground horizontal drilling and multiport hydraulic fracturing using sand and small amounts of chemicals. The shale revolution may last a long time. See links under Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

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Number of the Week: 15% and 23%. In its discussion of increases of greenhouse gases, the WMO report, cited above, brings up NOAA’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Index.

NOAA’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI) is a yearly report on the combined influence of long-lived greenhouse gases (atmospheric gases that absorb and radiate heat) on Earth’s surface temperature. The index compares the warming influence of these gases each year to their influence in 1990…

According to that index, in 2002 the influence of greenhouse gases on surface temperatures was 1.166 of that in 1990. In 2013 the index is 1.338. This represents an increase in the warming index of 0.172, or 15% during a period in which the atmosphere has not warmed. In 1997 the index was 1.089. Thus, in 2013 the index was 0.249 larger than in 1997, or the calculated greenhouse effect was 23% greater than in 1997 – over a period in which the surface has not warmed!

No wonder the Climate Establishment no longer wishes to discuss temperature trends! See links under Lowering Standards and http://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-annual-greenhouse-gas-index

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Quote of the Week: The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true. —Albert Einstein,

ARTICLES:

For the numbered articles below, please see this week’s TWTW at: www.sepp.org. The articles are at the end of the pdf.

1. Matt Ridley Replies to His Climate-Change Critics

Jeffrey Sachs blows a gasket, and our contributor cleans up the intellectual mess.

Editorial, WSJ, Sep 9, 2014

http://online.wsj.com/articles/matt-ridley-replies-to-his-climate-change-critics-1410271012

2. Poor pay more for renewable energy

Letter By Charles Battig, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sep 5, 2014

http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/your-opinion/letters-to-the-editor/letters-to-the-editor/article_954dbcbd-a1ab-52ae-bc64-e38acace9f40.html

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Science: Is the Sun Rising?

New paper finds Indian climate is influenced by solar activity

By Staff Writer, The Hockey Schtick, Sep 9, 2014

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2014/09/new-paper-finds-indian-climate-is.html

Link to paper Study of the influence of solar variability on a regional (Indian) climate: 1901–2007

By O.P.M. Aslam, Badruddin, Advances in Space Research, Oct 15, 2014

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273117714003810

Climategate Continued

The Original Hide-the-Decline

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Sep 6, 2014

http://climateaudit.org/2014/09/06/the-original-hide-the-decline/

“Mann knew of CRU’s deletion of the decline, but, as Lead Author of IPCC AR3, Mann willingly and enthusiastically participated in the hide-the-decline scheme, because he didn’t want to “give fodder to the skeptics” or “dilute the message”. But the technique originated with CRU and the “exoneration” of Jones, Briffa and Osborn on hide-the-decline by Muir Russell and Oxburgh was totally undeserved.”

Inventory of Hide-the-Decline

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Sep 10, 2014

http://climateaudit.org/2014/09/10/inventory-of-hide-the-decline/

[SEPP Comment: Not confined to a single incident, but a repeatedly used technique.

Manns rea?

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 11, 2014

http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2014/9/11/manns-rea.html

Challenging the Orthodoxy

New Paper: The 97% ‘Consensus’ And Its Critics

By Andrew Montford, GWPF, Sep 9, 2014

http://www.thegwpf.org/new-paper-the-97-consensus-and-its-critics/

Link to paper: Fraud, Bias and Public Relations: The 97% ‘consensus’ and its critics

By Andrew Montford, GWPF, No date

http://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2014/09/Warming-consensus-and-it-critics1.pdf

Water Vapor Feedback and the Global Warming Pause

By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Sep 10, 2014

http://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/09/water-vapor-feedback-and-the-global-warming-pause/

Global Warming and the Feynman test

By Tom Trinko, American Thinker, Sep 11, 2014

http://americanthinker.com/2014/09/global_warming_and_the_feynman_test.html

A look at carbon dioxide vs. global temperature

By Danley Wolfe, WUWT, Sep 12, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/12/a-look-at-carbon-dioxide-vs-global-temperature/

List of excuses for ‘the pause’ in global warming is now up to 52

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 11, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/11/list-of-excuses-for-the-pause-in-global-warming-is-now-up-to-52/

UN Global Warming Propaganda Campaign: Return to Perceived Success Indicates Desperation

By Tim Ball, WUWT, Sep 12, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/12/un-global-warming-propaganda-campaign-return-to-perceived-success-indicates-desperation/

Defending the Orthodoxy

Development of Social Cost of Carbon Estimates

By Staff Writers, GAO, Aug 25, 2014

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-663

Link to full report: Development of Social Cost of Carbon Estimates

By Staff Writers, GAO, July 2014

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665016.pdf

[SEPP Comment: The study omitted the social benefits of carbon.]

UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

By John Heilprin, AP, Sep 9, 2014

http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2014-09-09-EU-United-Nations-Global-Warming/id-4e520ee9492f4e77b961f53402c33509

Go green and prosper, British government says

By Daniel J. Graeber

London (UPI) Sep 9, 2014

http://www.winddaily.com/reports/Go_green_and_prosper_British_government_says_999.html

Globalization threatens benefits of an African ‘green revolution’

By Staff Writers

Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Sep 11, 2014

http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Globalization_threatens_benefits_of_an_African_green_revolution_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Promoting environmental neo-colonialism.]

Questioning the Orthodoxy

One-half of CO2 doubling achieved

By Luboš Motl, The Reference Frame, Sep 11, 2014

http://motls.blogspot.com/2014/09/one-half-of-co2-doubling-achieved.html

Once More: Why “Climate Change” Alarmism Is Not Science

By John Hinderaker, Power Line, Sep 7, 2014

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/09/once-more-why-climate-change-alarmism-is-not-science.php

[SEPP Comment: Quotes from SEPP.]

The problem with climate change? It doesn’t exist

By Benny Peiser, PR Week, Sep 9, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.prweek.com/article/1311173/problem-climate-change-doesnt-exist

[SEPP Comment: Climate change does exist, but is not what has been claimed for about three decades.]

A Guide for Those Perplexed About Global Warming

By Ira Glickstein, WUWT, Sep 10, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/10/a-guide-for-those-perplexed-about-global-warming/

[SEPP Comment: Includes a section addressing false claims by alarmist about skeptics.]

A marvel and a mystery

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 11, 2014

http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2014/9/11/a-marvel-and-a-mystery.html

[SEPP Comment: Questions the new fad that humans are causing stratospheric cooling as evidence of human caused global warming.]

Do Researchers Really Know Why Global Warming Is On Pause and When It Will End?

By Ronald Bailey, Reason, Sep 9, 2014

http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/09/global-warming-pause-to-end

Unsettled Science

By Viv Forbes, American Thinker, Sep 10, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/09/unsettled_science.html

Global Warming ‘Skeptics’ Hold Political Sway From The UK To India

By Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller, Sep 10, 2014

http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/10/global-warming-skeptics-hold-political-sway-from-the-uk-to-india/

Everybody Knows That about Climate Change

By Anthony J. Sadar, American Thinker, Sep 9, 2014

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/09/everybody_knows_that_about_climate_change.html

Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013 – but there’s still no warming

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 9, 20114

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/09/study-shows-record-high-increases-for-atmospheric-co2-in-2013-but-theres-still-no-warming/

Problems in the Orthodoxy

Quote of the week: ‘It’s a remarkable document’

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 10, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/10/quote-of-the-week-its-a-remarkable-document/

[SEPP Attempting to side-step the no warming trend.]

Study: Natural Variations Play Key Warming Role

By Staff Writer, Reporting Climate Science, Sep 9, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.reportingclimatescience.com/news-stories/article/study-natural-variations-play-key-warming-role.html

Link to paper: Contribution of natural decadal variability to global warming acceleration and hiatus

By Watanabe, et al, Nature Climate Change, Aug 31, 2014

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2355.html

Imagine there’s a climate conference, but no one goes

By Sebastian Lüning and Fritz Vahrenholt, Translated by P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 9, 2014

http://notrickszone.com/2014/09/09/german-scientists-ridicule-new-york-climate-conference-as-major-world-leaders-decline-to-show-up/

IPCC needs a rethink, say academics

By Staff Writers, The IPCC Report Blog, Jun 11, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://ipccreport.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/ipcc-needs-a-rethink-say-academics/

Link to paper:

Towards a Reflexive Turn in the Governance of Global Environmental Expertise. The Cases of the IPCC and the IPBES

By Beck, et al. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, May 2, 2014

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/oekom/gaia/2014/00000023/00000002/art00004

Is Narendra Modi a climate sceptic?

India’s PM used to call climate action a moral duty, now he tells students ‘climate has not changed, we have changed’

By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, Sep 9, 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/09/narendra-modi-india-prime-minister-climate-change-sceptic

UN official: New York climate summit a ‘major turning point’

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Sep 8, 2014

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/216953-un-official-new-york-climate-summit-major-turning-point

Oh the irony! Cutting CO2 emissions is harming the ozone layer

By Staff Writers, The Hockey Schtick, Sep 11, 2014

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2014/09/oh-irony-cutting-co2-emissions-is.html

Swiss News Weekly Calls IPCC Lead Author Thomas Stocker “A Butler For Politicians”! Scientists Grow Shriller

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 10, 2014

http://notrickszone.com/2014/09/10/swiss-news-weekly-calls-ipcc-lead-author-thomas-stocker-a-butler-for-politicians-scientists-getting-shrill/

Seeking a Common Ground

The role of models in science

By Martin Livermore, Scientific Alliance, Sep 12, 2014

http://scientific-alliance.org/scientific-alliance-newsletter/role-models-science

“It is important to realise that pronouncements on the ‘safe’ level of carbon dioxide and the current highly expensive but ineffective policy on decarbonisation are based only on these flawed models.”

[SEPP Comment: A thoughtful essay on the strengths and weaknesses of models and their proper use.]

Rowan Williams falls into the old climate change logical trap

By Tim Worstall, Adam Smith Institute, Sep 11, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/energy-environment/rowan-williams-falls-into-the-old-climate-change-logical-trap/

Study: Conversion Of Forests to Cropland Cooled the Climate

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 8, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/08/study-conversion-of-forests-to-cropland-cooled-the-climate/

Measurement Issues

Bureau Caught in Own Tangled Web of Homogenisation

By Jennifer Marohasy, Her Blog, AU, Sep 12, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://jennifermarohasy.com/2014/09/bureau-caught-in-own-tangled-web-of-homogenisation/

Jennifer Marohasy- A real scientist- kicking goals.

By Bob Moore, Just Grounds Community, Aug 23, 2014

http://justgroundsonline.com/forum/topics/jennifer-marohasy-a-real-scientist-kicking-goals-2

The lost climate knowledge of Deacon 1952: hot dry summers from 1880-1910

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 12, 2014

http://joannenova.com.au/2014/09/the-lost-climate-knowledge-of-deacon-1952-australian-summers-were-hotter-from-1880-1910/

Under pressure, Australian BOM puts up facade of “transparency” — too little, too late

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 12, 2014

http://joannenova.com.au/2014/09/under-pressure-australian-bom-puts-up-facade-of-transparency-too-little-too-late/

Matt Ridley: Whatever happened to global warming?

By Mark J. Perry, AEIdeas, Sep 5, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.aei-ideas.org/2014/09/matt-ridley-whatever-happened-to-global-warming/

Is the atmospheric ozone recovery real, or just for scoring political points?

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 12, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/12/is-the-atmospheric-ozone-recovery-real-or-just-for-scoring-political-points/

[SEPP Comment: See link immediately below.]

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

By Seth Borenstein, AP, Sep 10, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]

http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2014-09-10-US-SCI-Ozone-Rebounds/id-4e7855230c3644168f90b9aaa32d39f9

Changing Weather

Extreme Winter Claims – Part II

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Sep 10, 2014

http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/extreme-winter-claims-part-ii/

Rising CO2 Concentrations: No Measureable Impact on Floods, Droughts, and Storms

By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Sep 11, 2014

http://www.globalwarming.org/2014/09/11/rising-co2-concentrations-no-measureable-impact-on-floods-droughts-and-storms/

The Alarmist Rains in Phoenix

By Sierra Rayne, American Thinker, Sep 11, 2014

http://americanthinker.com/2014/09/the_alarmist_rains_in_phoenix.html

Warming Defied…Meteorologists Again Pointing To Another “Piercing Cold Winter” Ahead

By P Gosselin No Tricks Zone, Sep 7, 2014

http://notrickszone.com/2014/09/07/warming-defied-meteorologists-again-pointing-to-another-piercing-cold-winter-ahead/

Great moments in forecasting – UK winter weather to be ‘ very mild, wet and stormy to extremely cold and snowy’

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 9, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/09/great-moments-in-forecasting-uk-winter-weather-to-be-very-mild-wet-and-stormy-to-extremely-cold-and-snowy/

Link to paper: Recent seasonal asymmetric changes in the NAO (a marked summer decline and increased winter variability) and associated changes in the AO and Greenland Blocking Index

By Hanna, et al. International Journal of Climatology, Sep 8, 2014

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/joc.4157/abstract

All Great Lakes water level is at or above normal for first time in 14 years

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 9, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/09/all-great-lakes-at-or-above-normal-for-first-time-in-14-years/

Changing Climate

Egypt went from wetter to drier three times in Predynastic times with perfect CO2 levels

By Jo Nova, Her Blog Sep 9, 2014

http://joannenova.com.au/2014/09/eqypt-went-from-wetter-to-drier-three-times-in-predynastic-times/#more-38229

Link to paper: Collapse of an ecological network in Ancient Egypt

By Yeakel, et al. PNAS, Sep 8, 2014

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/09/03/1408471111

Egyptian art offers clues to mammalian extinctions through history

By Brooks Hays, Cairo (UPI), Sep 9, 2014

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Egyptian_art_offers_clues_to_mammalian_extinctions_through_history_999.html

[SEPP Comment: What caused the extinctions – the drying of the Sahara as the globe cooled?]

Changing Seas

EPA Takes on the Oyster/Acidification Scaremongers

It’s been a convenient story for some.

By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, Sep 7, 2014

http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2014/09/epa-takes-on-oysteracidification.html

Ocean acidification and GHGs hit record levels

New scientific evidence of the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record is compounded by the revelation that oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.

By Staff Writers, Eco-Business, Sep 10, 2014

http://www.eco-business.com/news/ocean-acidification-and-ghgs-hit-record-levels/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sep+10+newsletter&utm_content=Sep+10+newsletter+Version+A+CID_ea008be821df2a3a6066eba42bf32592&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=READ%20FULL%20STORY

Brown Tide Algae Exploit Nutrient-Rich Coastlines

By Staff Writers, New York NY (SPX), Sep 09, 2014

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Like_Weeds_of_the_Sea_Brown_Tide_Algae_Exploit_Nutrient_Rich_Coastlines_999.html

Claim: Ocean Warming Affecting Florida Reefs

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 10, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/10/claim-ocean-warming-affecting-florida-reefs/

Link to paper: A Century of Ocean Warming on Florida Keys Coral Reefs: Historic In Situ Observations

By Kuffner, et al. Estuaries and Coasts, Sep 5, 2014

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12237-014-9875-5

Data Reveal Florida Keys Sea Surface Temperatures Haven’t Warmed in 80+ Years* [Based on Linear Trend]

By Bob Tisdale, WUWT, Sep 11, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/11/data-reveal-florida-keys-sea-surface-temperatures-havent-warmed-in-80-years/

[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice

German Professor: 2014 Arctic Sea Ice Melt Falls Below Long-Term Mean…North Atlantic Heat Content Plummets!

The Latest News On Arctic Ice

By Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt and Frank Bosse, Translated, edited by P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 4, 2014

http://notrickszone.com/2014/09/12/german-professor-2014-arctic-sea-ice-melt-falls-below-long-term-mean-north-atlantic-heat-content-plummets/

Study resolves discrepancy in Greenland temperatures during end of last ice age

By Staff Writers, Corvallis OR (SPX), Sep 10, 2014

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_resolves_discrepancy_in_Greenland_temperatures_during_end_of_last_ice_age_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Did they adjust the sudden cooling in the Younger Dryas out of existence?]

Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine

Are greenhouse gas emissions a reason to keep Africa starving?

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 9, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/09/are-greenhouse-gas-emissions-a-reason-to-keep-africa-starving/

Un-Science or Non-Science?

Last decade’s slow-down in global warming enhanced by an unusual climate anomaly

By Staff Writers, EU Joint Research Centre, Sep 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/climate-anomaly-causes-global-warming-slow-down

Link to the paper: Application of the Singular Spectrum Analysis Technique to Study the Recent Hiatus on the Global Surface Temperature Record

By Macias, Stips, Garcia-Gorriz, PLOS one, Sep 10, 2014

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0107222

[SEPP Comment: The multidecadal variability was not mentioned in the Summary for Policymakers of AR5. Further evidence that the more than 95% certainty expressed is not substantiated.]

New excuse for ‘pause’ #52: ‘Unusual climate anomaly’ of unprecedented deceleration of secular warming trend

By Staff Writer, The Hockey Schtick, Sep 11, 2014

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2014/09/new-excuse-for-pause-52-unusual-climate.html

[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America’s Bird Species, Study Says

By Felicity Barringer, NYT, Sep 8, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/us/climate-change-will-disrupt-half-of-north-americas-bird-species-study-says.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

Link to slick web site: 314 Species on the Brink

By Staff Writers, Audubon Climate Report, September/October 2014

http://climate.audubon.org/

U.S. bird species dying out amid development : report

By Barbara Goldberg, Reuters, Sep 9, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/09/us-usa-birds-idUSKBN0H422320140909?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews&rpc=76

Climate change could ‘fundamentally alter’ US forests

By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP), Sept 10, 2014

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_change_could_fundamentally_alter_US_forests_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Global warming is no longer happening, but it must be stopped!]

Lowering Standards

CO2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically faster rate, U.N. report warns

By Joby Warrick, WP, Sep 9, 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/co2-levels-in-atmosphere-rising-at-dramatically-faster-rate-un-report-warns/2014/09/08/3e2277d2-378d-11e4-bdfb-de4104544a37_story.html?hpid=z1

Link to report: WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin

By Staff Writers, WMO, Sep 9, 2014

http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/2013-global-greenhouse-gas-report/1297/

Debunking the latest UN climate propaganda

By Staff Writer, The Hockey Schtick, Sep 9, 2014

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2014/09/debunking-latest-un-climate-propaganda.html

Big money behind brainwashing effort by NSF, GMU, AMS

By Spencer Adkins, ICECAP, Sep 10, 2014

http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/big_money_behind_brainwashing_effort_by_nsf_gmu_ams1/

Meanwhile, back at the BBC

By John Brignell, Number Watch, Sep 10, 2014

http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/2014_september.htm#BBC

The Australian Government Broadcaster asks if we should ditch Democracy to ensure a climate change response

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Sep 6, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/06/the-australian-government-broadcaster-asks-if-we-should-ditch-democracy-to-ensure-a-climate-change-response/

Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?

Andrew Derocher raises the “starving polar bears” issue in DailyMail interview

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Sep 11, 2014

http://polarbearscience.com/2014/09/11/andrew-derocher-raises-the-starving-polar-bears-issue-in-dailymail-interview/#more-5839

“And did Derocher not read Amstrup’s 2003 “Polar bear” entry in “Wild Mammals of North America” where he pointed out that starvation is probably the leading cause of death for young and old bears alike?”

Is the polar bear a political weapon? Arctic creatures are NOT threatened by climate change, says scientist

By Ellie Zolfagharifard, Mail, UK, Sep 9, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2748995/Is-polar-bear-political-weapon-Arctic-creatures-NOT-threatened-climate-change-says-scientist.html

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

By Alister Doyle, Reuters, Sep 11, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/11/us-climatechange-antarctica-idUSKBN0H625T20140911?feedType=RSS&feedName=scienceNews&rpc=76

[SEPP Comment: Science follows Hollywood.]

Avoiding the path to zero

By Amanda D. Rodewald, The Hill, Sep 10, 2014

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/217176-avoiding-the-path-to-zero

[SEPP Comment: Fails to answer an important question: what caused the extinction of the passenger pigeon? Could it have been a disease that prevented it from successfully breeding?]

Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

Great moments in climate science: “we could have forecast ‘the pause’ – if we had the tools of the future back then”

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 10, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/10/great-moments-in-climate-science-we-could-have-forecast-the-pause-if-we-had-the-tools-of-the-future-back-then/

“Democracy hurting our climate response” — closet totalitarians at the ABC again

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 8, 2014

http://joannenova.com.au/2014/09/democracy-hurting-our-climate-response-closet-totalitarians-at-the-abc-again/#more-38152

No Trend in UK Rainfall Since Records Began

By Sierra Rayne, American Thinker, Sep 9, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/09/no_trend_in_uk_rainfall_since_records_began.html

[SEPP Comment: So much for the recent UK rains being the result of human emissions of CO2]

Genesis according to Kerry: you shall save the Muslim world from global warming

What an interesting combination of insanities

By Luboš Motl, The Reference Frame, Sep 6, 2014

http://motls.blogspot.com/2014/09/genesis-according-to-kerry-you-shall.html

Hillary: ‘Climate Change Is Most Urgent, Consequential Challenge We Face’

By Robert Wilde, Breitbart, Sep 5, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/05/Hillary-Climate-Change-Is-The-Most-Urgent-Challenge-We-Face

Communicating Better to the Public – Go Personal.

A saching

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 6, 2014

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/9/6/a-saching.html

David Suzuki Must Set Positive Example in Climate Controversy

By Tom Harris, Net News Ledger, Sep 8, 2014

http://www.netnewsledger.com/2014/09/08/david-suzuki-must-set-positive-example-in-climate-controversy/

How Not to “Crush and Bury” Climate Sceptics

By Ben Pile, Climate Resistance, Sep 6, 2014

http://www.climate-resistance.org/2014/09/how-not-to-crush-and-bury-climate-sceptics.html

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda on Children

The inescapable urge to indoctrinate

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 12, 2014

http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2014/9/12/the-inescapable-urge-to-indoctrinate.html

“The goal for teachers is to provide the balance between emotion and analytical reasoning to create a situation where students can effectively learn about climate change and feel empowered to act…we need to focus on actions that students can change to mitigate climate change. By promoting the positive, we can leave students with a sense of what they can do.”

‘Climate disruption’ gets a movie

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 8, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/08/climate-disruption-gets-a-movie/

Expanding the Orthodoxy

Clean coal key to combating climate change: Rio Tinto

By Staff Writers, Sydney (AFP), Sept 09, 2014

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Clean_coal_key_to_combating_climate_change_Rio_Tinto_999.html

Mining giant Rio Tinto said Tuesday clean coal was key to tackling climate change and that developing the technology was a challenge greater than the first moon landing.

Do Researchers Really Know Why Global Warming Is On Pause and When It Will End?

By Ronald Bailey, Reason, Sep 9, 2014

http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/09/global-warming-pause-to-end

Opportunities to Reduce Federal Fiscal Exposures Through Greater Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

By Staff Writers, GAO, Jul 29, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-504T

Link to full report: Opportunities to Reduce Federal Fiscal Exposures Through Greater Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Statement of Alfredo Gomez, Director Natural Resources and Environment, Jul 29, 2014

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665089.pdf

Questioning European Green

Election of Donald Tusk puts EU climate position in doubt

By Aline Robert, EurActiv, Sep 9, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-dev/election-donald-tusk-puts-eu-climate-position-doubt-308291

Spain’s Canete to Get EU Merged Climate-Energy Chief Role

By Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg, Sep 10, 2014

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-10/spain-s-canete-to-get-eu-merged-climate-energy-chief-role.html

Brussels Anti-Green Purge – New EU Leaders Neuter Green Lobby

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 12, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/12/brussels-anti-green-purge-new-eu-leaders-neuter-green-lobby/

Juncker’s plan would ‘shut down environmental policy’, campaigners warn

Business groups have welcomed Juncker’s new ‘streamlined’ Commission structure, but green campaigners have decried the loss of dedicated environment and climate commissioners.

By Dave Keating, European Voice, Sep 11, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.europeanvoice.com/article/is-environment-off-the-commissions-agenda/

Shame of fake EU climate change “aid” to Third World

It is quite staggering that the EU is “helping” poverty stricken countries in Africa by pumping taxpayers’ money into, wait for it, “green energy”. The figures have to be seen to be believed

By Luke Stanley, The Commentator, Sep 9, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/5215/shame_of_fake_eu_climate_change_aid_to_third_world

Forecast March-2015 Solar Eclipse Has Power Grid Operators Distressed…”Dangerously Destabilized”

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 8, 2014

http://notrickszone.com/2014/09/08/forecast-march-2015-solar-eclipse-has-power-grid-operators-distressed-dangerously-destabilized/

[SEPP Comment: At least it is predictable.]

£215 energy smart meters to cut bills by just 2pc, PAC warns

Public Accounts Committee warns that £10.6bn programme may be too costly and may result in customers footing the bill for technology that is already out of date by the time it is installed

By Emily Gosden, Telegraph, UK, Sep 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/11085830/215-energy-smart-meters-to-cut-bills-by-just-2pc-PAC-warns.html

Questioning Green Elsewhere

Green Energy More Hype Than Benefit

By Larry Bell, Newsmax, Sep 9, 2014

http://www.newsmax.com/LarryBell/Green-Energy-Hype-carbon/2014/09/09/id/593475/

Funding Issues

Ocean Acidification: NSF awards $11.4 million in new grants to study effects on marine ecosystems

Oceans may be acidifying faster today than in the past 300 million years

Press Release, NSF, Sep 9, 2014

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132548&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

We can win on climate change – but without the UN

By Assaad Razzouk, Eco-Business, Sep 9, 2014

http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/we-can-win-climate-change-without-un/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sep+10+newsletter&utm_content=Sep+10+newsletter+Version+A+CID_ea008be821df2a3a6066eba42bf32592&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=READ%20FULL%20STORY

[SEPP Comment: The promised cash does not come.]

The Political Games Continue

15 GOP governors to Obama: Climate rule breaks the law

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Sep 10, 2014

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/217300-15-gop-governors-to-obama-climate-rule-breaks-the-law

Lawmakers clash over transparency at wildlife agency

By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Sep 10, 2014

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/217285-lawmakers-clash-over-transparency-at-wildlife-agency

EPA and other Regulators on the March

EPA’s Phony “Environmental Justice” Caper

By Paul Driessen, Townhall, Sep 7, 2014

http://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2014/09/07/epas-phony-environmental-justice-caper-n1888249?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

EPA tries again to explain water jurisdiction rule

By Timothy Cama, The Hill Sep 8, 2014

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/216968-epa-tries-again-to-explain-water-jurisdiction-rule

EPA Should Improve Adherence to Guidance for Selected Elements of Regulatory Impact Analyses

By Staff Writers, GAO, Aug 11, 2014

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-519

Link to full report: EPA Should Improve Adherence to Guidance for Selected Elements of Regulatory Impact

By Staff Writers, GAO, July 2014

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/664872.pdf

EPA puts climate target on airlines

By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Sep 7, 2014

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/216844-epa-puts-climate-target-on-airlines

EPA Fakes Regulatory Cost-Benefit Calculations

By Diane Katz , The Daily Signal, Sep 5, 2014

http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/05/epa-fakes-regulatory-cost-benefit-calculations/

Watchdogs: Agencies obstructing probes

By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Sep 10, 2014

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/217324-inspectors-say-agencies-obstruct-investigations

Energy Issues – Non-US

Methane – damned if you do, dammed if you don’t

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 12, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/12/methane-damned-if-you-do-dammed-if-you-dont/

Energy Issues — US

Preparing For A Carrington Event

By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Sep 12, 2014

https://dddusmma.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/preparing-for-a-carrington-event/

Hawthorne Redux

By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Sep 9, 2014

https://dddusmma.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/hawthorne-redux/

Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

Shale gas tops PM Narendra Modi’s agenda for US visit

SUMMARY: Two sides expected to talk about exploration of unconventional resources in India

By Siddhartha P Saikia and Huma Siddiqui, The Financial Express, India, Sep 12, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/Shale-tops-Modi-s-agenda-for-US-visit/1288069

[SEPP Comment: India’s government-owned oil companies have invested large sums in the US.]

Shale gas getting cheaper

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 9, 2014

http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2014/9/9/shale-gas-getting-cheaper.html

Link to report: Raymond James Drops NatGas Price Forecasts on ‘Staggering’ Onshore Output

By Carolyn Davis, NG Daily, Sep 8, 2014

http://www.naturalgasintel.com/articles/99628-raymond-james-drops-natgas-price-forecasts-on-staggering-onshore-output

Return of King Coal?

Coal, There’s Just No Alternative

By Tony Thomas, Quadrant, Sep 12, 2014

http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/tony-thomas/2014/09/coal-theres-just-alternative/

Coal India planning measures to ease fuel supply The state-owned coal producer plans to augment its output to 615 million tonnes by fiscal 2017

By Staff Writers, Live Mint, India, Sep 7, 2014 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.livemint.com/Industry/TcaqWkDVtYrI3nWh9mBrXL/Coal-India-planning-measures-to-ease-fuel-supply.html

Nuclear Energy and Fears

Uranium 2014 Report: Red Book Highlights Continuing Growth Trend

Supply and Demand Strong Despite Lower Prices

By Staff Writers, IAEA, Sep 9, 2014

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2014/redbook.html

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind

A Government-subsidized Desert Death Ray

By Norman Rogers, American Thinker, Sep 12, 2014

http://americanthinker.com/2014/09/a_governmentsubsidized_desert_death_ray.html

Spiegel: Germany’s Large-Scale Offshore Windpark Dream Morphs Into An Engineering And Cost Nightmare

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 11, 2014

http://notrickszone.com/2014/09/11/spiegel-germanys-large-scale-offshore-windpark-dream-morphs-into-an-engineering-and-cost-nightmare/

[SEPP Comment: According to the web site by BARD, the rotor circle diameter is 122m – about 400 feet – and the blades are made of glass-fibre reinforced plastic based on epoxy resin. The mass is 28.5 t (31.4 tons) and the hub mass is about 70 t (77 tons).]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other

GAO Report: Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Outweigh Benefits

By Staff Writers, Taxpayers for Commonsense, Aug 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.taxpayer.net/library/article/gao-report-renewable-fuel-standard-costs-outweigh-benefits

Link to Report: Environmental Regulation: EPA Should Improve Adherence to Guidance for Selected Elements of Regulatory Impact Analysis

By Staff Writers, GAO, July 2014

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/GAOreport.pdf

Feds pay $105M to turn garbage, feces into fuel

By Tim Devaney, The Hill, Sep 5, 2014

http://thehill.com/regulation/216833-whats-that-smell-usda-pays-105m-to-turn-garbage-feces-into-fuel

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles

Tesla picks Nevada for $5 bln battery plant

By Staff Writers, Los Angeles (AFP), Sept 05, 2014

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Tesla_picks_Nevada_for_5_bln_battery_plant_999.html

Critics slam Nevada’s $1.3 billion in incentives for Tesla

Lawmakers weigh battery factory deal in special session ordered by Gov. Brian Sandoval

By Scott Sonner, AP, Sep 10, 2014

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/10/nevadas-proposed-13-billion-incentive-package-tesl/

Mr. Sandoval said the lithium battery factory and its 6,500 workers would generate more than 20,000 construction and other related jobs and up to $100 billion for Nevada’s economy over the next 20 years — a return on investment he estimated to be $80 for every $1 the state spends.

[SEPP Comment: The numbers work out to be about $200,000 per permanent job.]

California Dreaming

California solar projects plan undergoing major overhaul

By Carolyn Lochhead, SFGate, Sep 10, 2014 [H/t David Kreutzer]

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-solar-projects-plan-undergoing-major-5739105.php#page-1

The California High Speed Rail

By Baruch Feigenbaum, NCPA, Sep 8, 2014

http://environmentblog.ncpa.org/the-california-high-speed-rail/

Oh Mann!

Another Porky from Mann, Williams and Fontaine

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Sep 10, 2014

http://climateaudit.org/2014/09/10/another-porky-from-mann-williams-and-fontaine/#more-19692

Fraudulent(?) hockey stick

Michael Mann’s brief

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Sep 11, 2014

http://judithcurry.com/2014/09/11/fraudulent-hockey-stick/

Other Scientific News

Microscopic Diamonds Suggest Cosmic Impact Responsible for Major Period of Climate Change [Update]

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 11, 2014

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/11/microscopic-diamonds-suggest-cosmic-impact-responsible-for-major-period-of-climate-change/

Trinity geologists re-write Earth’s evolutionary history books

By Staff Writers, Dublin, Ireland, (SPX) Sep 09, 2014

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Trinity_geologists_re_write_Earths_evolutionary_history_books_999.html

Other News that May Be of Interest

China’s “National Plan on New Urbanization”

By Xinyuan Zou, NCPA, Sep 10, 2014

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba802

Canada finds 1 of 2 explorer ships lost in Arctic

By Rob Gillies, AP, Sep 9, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]

http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2014-09-09-CN–Canada-Arctic%20Ship%20Found/id-ac4fb9d51b3242dbab50a5126635428a

California blue whales rebound from whaling, first of their kin to do so

By Staff Writers, Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 10, 2014

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/,California_blue_whales_rebound_from_whaling_first_of_their_kin_to_do_so_999.html

How evolutionary principles could help save our world

By Staff Writers, NSF, Sep 11, 2014

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132674&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

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BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:

US offshore wind making progress, but craves policy certainty

A report produced by Navigant Consulting for the Energy Department in the United States has indicated that there is a need to provide policy certainty in order to maximize offshore wind development.

By Ritesh Gupta, Wind Energy Update, Sep 8, 2014

http://social.windenergyupdate.com/offshore-wind/us-offshore-wind-making-progress-craves-policy-certainty?utm_campaign=WIN%2011SEPT14%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=eshot&utm_campaign=WEU&elq=c42d06843897448b8200ec67ea33a289&elqCampaignId=318

[SEPP Comment: Policy certainty is correctly interpreted as sustained subsidy certainty.]

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23 thoughts on “Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #149

  1. Quote:
    “The IPCC has projected significant future global warming. It is the fear of future global warming that has driven countries to spend enormous sums of money on science and on measures to address it. [From Fiscal Year 1993 to FY 2013, for the US government alone, such expenditures exceeded $165 billion.]”
    $165 billion spent on this CAGW farce by the U.S. government alone. How many CO2-free nuclear power plants could we have built with that kind of money?
    Total idiocy.

  2. Thanks. A lot of good intel.
    To defeat IS (call it a holy war or genocide as you like) Obama is required to instigate conscription of all U.S.A. citizens from age 10 year without upper limit. That is to supply “boots on the ground”.
    Citizens U.S.A. who reject Obama’s proclamation will be incarcerated and put to death, very quickly. This is necessary to instill into the citizens, fear, and the urgency of the action and their ethical and moral obligations to fulfill their “rights” to “citizenry”.
    Interestingly. The “videos” alleged from ‘IS’ show an executioner wearing a black hood.
    Why would a person wear a black hood?
    Is this person NOT of Syrian or middle East origin?
    Thus the need for the “hood” !
    Ah Ha !
    These videos play into the hands of Obama and his democratic minions!
    Were the deaths ordered by Obama to sway to the November Elections !
    And is the hooded ‘Death Dealer’ a United States of America Navy SEAL !
    Ah Ha indeed.
    Sweet. 🙂
    Obama old boy, You are OUTED !

    • If you’re going to make yourself look like an idiot, at least don’t drag the rest of us down with you.
      You must be a plant.

    • “Interestingly. The “videos” alleged from ‘IS’ show an executioner wearing a black hood.
      Why would a person wear a black hood?
      Is this person NOT of Syrian or middle East origin?”
      Many of the ISIS members are Western European Muslims, some of them converts, so ethnicity plays no role.
      I mean come on. you call yourself SIGINT and haven’t picked that up?

  3. Reblogged this on Idea Capitalists and commented:
    If we were to believe the mainstream media and the Obama Administration we are on the path to total annihilation from the affects of CO2 emissions. The compilation of articles here deal with the “rising tide” of climate alarmists.

  4. We need an alternate to the current peer review process. Does anyone remember the impact “Consumer Reports” had when it hit your radar?
    Just sayin, ,,,,,,,,

  5. I will repeat the essence of last weeks objection to your posts. You go to far out on a political ideology not shared, nor necessary to, contesting IPCC conclusions. Thus losing rather than gaining general support. Not smart politics.
    This weeks specific. You take on the nonsensical ‘ocean acidification’ terminology pointing out that oceans might only become less basic. This purely linguistic arguement is politically as well as scientifically STUPID. You should be able to do much better on more scientific grounds. Let me help you out a bit.
    Calcification is hindered below pH 7.8. So, might oceans reach that by 2100 Under the worst emission scenarios? Yes under AR4 (wrong because they forgot buffering), but no under AR5 (buffering corrected). So under AR5 there is no ‘less basification’ to worry about in the first place.
    The IPCC correction you ignore. The actual truth you ignore. To what misbegotten political point?
    You might rightly attack an advert meme. But it is and always will be a losing attack. We plain folk ain’t that dumb. Example, pro-life. You mean anti-abortion? Same meme, two labels. Do better.

    • The acidification meme is trumpeted by alarmists because they think people with less chemistry schooling will be frightened by the word “acid”. I see no harm in putting it into proper perspective.
      There is no good evidence that current or projected levels will be harmful. They may even be net-beneficial. Calcifying organisms thrived when atmospheric CO2 levels were far higher than today, and many grow today in environments that are genuinely on the acidic side of neutral.

    • I think you missed the memo. The IPCC is a body of the UN, a political body, Climate science as understood by the public at large, is primarily a political endeavor. Even though containing scientific input they publish political documents.
      The science itself is so confused it still cannot even get the data right, never mind the models having poor a track-record and ridiculously simplistic understanding of climate levers for either trending or forecasting.
      In the end, the most climate scientists can hope for is being about as successful in predicting future climate as economists in predicting or understanding the economy.

  6. Mother Jones: How Obama Became the Oil President
    He once talked of plans to reduce oil consumption—now the US drills more than ever. What happened?
    —By Michael Klare | Fri Sep. 12, 2014 6:05 AM EDT
    Written by a CAGW true believer:
    In one part of our collective brain, we are aware that petroleum use must decline sharply to prevent the sorts of global catastrophes that we are only used to seeing in science fiction movies;

  7. RE: California solar projects plan undergoing major overhaul
    Not so much. Yes some people are up in arms about bird and butterfly kill at
    Within the next few weeks, state and federal agencies plan to release the mammoth Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, nearly five years in the making, that many hope will correct mistakes made when stimulus dollars and California’s quest to slash carbon emissions set off a solar land rush in the Mojave.
    The plan will cover 22.5 million acres of private and public land in California.

    “Let the bulldozers roll! There solar subsidies out there in the desert!”
    I thought that 22.5 million acres must be a typo. That is 35,156 sq miles and over 20% of the entire state of California. But total Federal Land in California is 47.797,533 acres or 47% of the state.

    • Well they had the Gold rush, this must be the solar panel rush.
      BTW where are the environmentalists, there must be more than a few lizards inconvenieced by eliminating 22.5 million acres of habitat.

  8. “Natural Gas Prices: In the US, the price of natural gas is falling, in part due to mild weather. However, indications are that the natural gas companies still can make a profit at prices below $4.00 per million Btu. If so, then the drillers must be improving their techniques in the comparatively new technology of deep-underground horizontal drilling and multiport hydraulic fracturing using sand and small amounts of chemicals. The shale revolution may last a long time. See links under Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?”
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    $4.00 per million BTU is not sufficient to make horizontal drilling and megafracs profitable except in reservoirs that produce sufficient condensate liquids. It is not the dry gas shales that are sustaining the drillers, it is other tight formations that are liquids rich.

    • Smokey ought to be wearing a hard-hat and holding a 20 pound pipe wrench.
      From Forbes: 8/8/2010
      Analyst Dave Pursell at oil and gas investment bank Tudor, Pickering & Holt has related some choice words for the anti-frack crowd, inspired by Jack Nicholson’s character in A Few Good Men.

      “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!
      We live in a world that needs clean natural gas, and gas wells have to be frac’d by men with rigs and pumps. Who’s gonna do it? Microsoft? Apple? The energy industry has greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your i-phone app, and you curse the frac crews. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. That fossil energy fuels economic growth. And the existence of frac’ing, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, powers our economy.
      You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about on Facebook, you want them on that frac, you need them on that frac. We use words like pressure, proppant, conductivity. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent producing gas. You use them as a punchline. We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to someone who takes a hot shower every morning using the natural gas that we provide, and then questions the manner in which we provide it. We would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, we suggest you pick up a pipe wrench, and meet us on location. We have wells to frac!

  9. Neil Dunn,
    It’s called ‘rent-seeking’. Also, see CD’s comment above.
    Look here. Every government scientist can see what happened at the USGS. So they monkey-pile on ‘climate change’ proposals, because that increased budget equates to job security.

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